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Grow Local Expansion 2019

11 months ago

What is Grow Local?

Grow Local was developed by WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) in 2017 in response to difficulties in recruiting and retaining culturally appropriate mental health workers to support Aboriginal people.

It was identified as a need during the filming of Bus of Hope, a documentary that followed a group of people from Leonora as they embarked on a journey to Alice Springs, sharing their personal stories of how suicide has impacted their lives and their tight-knit community.

It is a specially designed Certificate IV in Mental Health whose objectives are to:

- Train local people who understand the area’s unique conditions, environment and family dynamics.

- Increase the number of mental health workers locally.

- Provide better access to culturally sensitive mental health support and encourage more people to access the services given their sense of cultural safety.

- Strengthen other suicide prevention work being undertaken in the communities.

Grow Local is expanding!

The same program is currently running in Meekatharra, with 13 participants about half way through the course.

Plans are underway to extend the program to six other regional areas of WA starting within the next three months, which will see about 180 more local people trained in culturally appropriate mental health support.

Kalgoorlie will be included in this extended Grow Local program and WAPHA are now advertising Expressions of Interest to the open market for up to 20 local positions, with an anticipated March 2019 starting date.

Click on links for the application/information forms: Expressions of Interest form and CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health information brochure.

NOTE: Expressions of Interest cutoff date is strictly 08 March 2019

For further information, please contact Lucy Fitzgerald, WAPHA Primary Health Liaison Officer, or 0439 396 053.

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